Who's who in golf - Christy O'Connor


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Name: - Christy O'Connor
Country: - Ireland
Lived : - [1924-2016]. Born on December 21, 1924 in Knocknacarra, Co. Galway. Died on May 14, 2016 in Dublin, aged 91.
Original Home/Club: - Galway GC, Galway.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1946

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1955, '57, '59, '61, '63, '65, '67, '69, '71, '73). Multiple wins on the regular and senior professional tours in the UK and Ireland. Awarded Harry Vardon Trophy as (British) PGA Order of Merit winner (1961, '62). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2009).


Golf course design

Christy O'Connor worked with his nephew Christy O'Connor Jr on the design of Concra Wood in 2008.


Did you know?

Known as "Himself" amongst his golfing peers, Christy O'Connor was the uncle ( ... not father) of another Irish golfing legend, Christy O'Connor Junior. Although known for most of his career simply as Christy O'Connor, he is usually referred to as Christy O'Connor Sr to avoid confusion with O'Connor Jr. Turning professional in 1946, O'Connor was the Irish professsional champion on 10 occasions, played in every Ryder Cup from 1955 to 1973, and won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the winner of the British Tour's Order of Merit in 1961 and 1962.


Top tournaments won by Christy O'Connor

1983Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipBurnham & Berrow277
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won for the third straight year by O'Connor Snr (Ire); the last of his six wins in this event. [Burnham & Berrow GC, Burnham on Sea, Somerset].
1982Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipLongniddry285
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won by defending champion O'Connor Snr (Ire); the fifth of his six wins in this event. [Longniddry GC, East Lothian].
1981Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipNorth Berwick287
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Won by O'Connor Snr (Ire); the fourth of his six wins in this event. [North Berwick GC, North Berwick, East Lothian].
1979Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipCambridgeshire Moat House280
Played as the Cambridgeshire Hotels PGA Seniors Championship. Won by O'Connor Snr (Ire); the third of his six wins in this event. [Cambridgeshire Moat House Hotel, nr Cambridge, England].
1977Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipCambridgeshire Moat House288
Played as the Cambridgeshire Hotels PGA Seniors Championship. Won by defending champion O'Connor Snr (Ire); the second of his six wins in this event. [Cambridgeshire Moat House Hotel, nr Cambridge, England].
1977Snr AmericaWorld Senior Ch'shipBide-a-Wee6 & 5$4,000
Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (Oct 10; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). Defending champion O'Connor Senior (Ire) beat Julian Boros (USA) 6 and 5. [Bide-a-Wee GC, Portsmouth, Virginia].
1976Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipNorth Berwick284
Played as the Ben Sayers/Allied Hotels PGA Seniors Championship. PGA Seniors Championship. Won by O'Connor Snr (Ire); the first of his six wins in this event. [North Berwick GC, North Berwick, East Lothian].
1976Snr EuropeWorld Senior Ch'shipWhitecraigs2 & 1£1,500
Played as the World Professional Senior's Golf Championship (July 2; 36-hole match between the US and British PGA Senior Champions). O'Connor Snr (Ire) beat Pete Cooper (USA) 2 and 1. [Whitecraigs GC, Glasgow, East Renfrewshire].
1972Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Woodbrook GC284 (-12)£2,500
Played as the Carroll's International. Second-placed David Talbot (Eng) finished 4 shots behind O'Connor Snr (Ire). [Woodbrook GC, nr Bray, Co. Wicklow].
1970Men EuropeJohn Player ClassicNotts GC, Hollinwell286 (-2)£25,000
Played as the inaugural John Player Classic (Sept 3-6). Second-placed Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire), who won the £25,000 first prize, at the time the richest prize in world golf. [Notts GC, Hollinwell, nr Mansfield, England].
1969Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr71.47n/a
O'Connor (Ire) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the GB&I PGA Tour, with 71.47. Bernard Hunt (Eng) was second with 71.82; Brian Huggett (Wales) was third with 71.89. Amongst those playing less than 40 rounds on the Tour, Tony Jacklin (Eng) averaged 70.62 over 8 rounds; Billy Casper (USA) 71.35 over 14 rounds, and Cobie Legrange (RSA) 71.65 over 26 rounds.
1968Men EuropeAlcan InternationalRoyal Birkdale288 (E)£2,500
Played as the Alcan International (Oct 2-5; played alongside the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship). Bill Large (Eng) and Chisity O'Connor Sr (Ire) finished in a tie for first place. [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1967Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Woodbrook GC277£1,000
Played as the Carroll's International. Second-placed Tommy Horton (Eng) finished 2 shots behind defending champion O'Connor Snr (Ire). [Woodbrook GC, nr Bray, Co. Wicklow].
1966Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Royal Dublin272 (-16)£1,000
Played as the Carroll's International. Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) finished 2 shots behind O'Connor Snr (Ire), who recorded an eagle-birdie-eagle finish to win this event for a second time. [Royal Dublin GC, Dollymount, Dublin].
1964Men EuropeCarrolls Intl.Woodbrook GC268£1,000
Played as the Carroll Sweet Afton Tournament. O'Connor Snr (Ire) beat Roberto de Vicenzo (Arg) at the second playoff hole. [Woodbrook GC, nr Bray, Co. Wicklow].
1964Men EuropeJeyes TournamentCork GC276£450
Played as the Jeyes £3000 Professional-Amateur Tournament. Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind O'Connor Snr (Ire). [Cork GC, Co. Cork. Also known as "Little Island"].
1964Men EuropeMartini Intl.Wentworth Club286£1,000
Played as the £6000 Martini Internationall. Second-placed Lionel Platts (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Christy O'Connor Snr (Ire). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1963Men EuropeMartini Intl.Royal Liverpool298£875
Played as the £6000 Martini International. Second-placed Neil Coles (Eng) and Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire) finished in a tie for first place. Dai Rees (Wales) finished 2 shots further back in third place. [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1962Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.25x
O'Connor (Ire) won his second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1962 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. O'Connor's 71.25 was based on 40 rounds played.
1961Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr70.80x
O'Connor (Ire) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1961 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. O'Connor's 70.80 was based on 40 rounds played.
1959Men EuropeBritish MastersPortmarnock277 (-11)£1,000
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed Joe Carr (Ire, amateur) and Norman Drew (N.Ire) finished 4 shots behind O'Connor Sr (Ire). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1959Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club274£1,000
Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed Peter Mills (Eng) finished 3 shots behind O'Connor Snr (Ire). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1957Men EuropeBritish Match PlayTurnberry5 & 4£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 11-14). O'Connor (Ire) beat Tom Haliburton (Scot) 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final. [Ailsa course, Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire].
1956Men EuropeBritish MastersPrestwick277£650
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Christy O'Connor Sr (Ire). [Prestwick GC, Ayrshire, Scotland].
1956Men EuropeSpalding TournamentMoor Park276£250
Played as the Spalding £1,350 Tournament. Harry Weetman (Eng) and Christy O'Connor Snr (Ire) finished in a tie for first place. Gary Player (S Africa) was three shots further back in third. [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1955Men EuropePenfold TournamentSouthport & Ainsdale292£1,000
Played as the Swallow-Penfold Tournament. Second-placed Syd Scott (Eng) and Eric Brown (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Christy O'Connor (Ire), who became the first player to win £1,000 for a golf tournament played in Europe. [Southport & Ainsdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].

 

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